support local business, help akinz win a grant

Help support a local business (and my friend) Suzanne win a business grant, and get a chance to win free Akinz schwag for yourself. Why? Suzanne sez:

This grant would really help me take the next step in my business, including hiring help (so I might get to see some of you more often) and getting to some tradeshows (so I might finally be able to make some money).

If you’ve seen me looking awesome, it’s because I was rocking some Akinz gear.

Here’s more from Suzanne on how you can help. [Vote early, vote often, and pass along to your friends too. -ed]

Vote for us to win a grant and you can win Akinz gear!

We found out that we have until June 8th to finish submitting our votes, so that gives us 2 more days to make this happen! Right now we need 130 votes to be in the top 5. Getting in the top 5 automatically earns a $200 prize and gives us a 1 in 5 chance of winning the $15K grand prize. We’d like to get 200 more votes just to be safe and that’s a lot of votes to get in 2 days.

So we’re offering a little incentive for you to get off your internet tushie and get to voting!

We will be choosing multiple winners from those who voted (and submitted a screenshot proving they voted). There are plenty of opportunities to win! Here are the items we will be giving away:

– 5 Akinz hand printed t-shirts
– 5 pairs of Shenanakinz sunglasses
– 2 handmade beanies

That’s 12 chances to win! Plus, we will send out a discount code for 35% off an order online to everyone who enters (votes for us and submits a screenshot by e-mail) to use in the 2 weeks following the closing of the contest.

Also, if we actually win the grant, we will send a surprise to each and every person who voted for us as well as throwing a party for anyone that wants to come out to our workshop in Fort Collins, CO.

Here’s how to vote:

First go to the Postnet Boost Your Biz contest app and like their FB page. Then go to our Akinz company entry and click the Vote button. (If that link doesn’t take you straight there, our entry is on page 36.) That’s it! Then, to submit your entry for our contest, take a screenshot of the page that shows your entry has been submitted. Send the screenshot to with “I Voted!” in the e-mail subject line.

After the closing of voting, we’ll choose the winners at random and notify you via e-mail with the names of the winners and the discount code as well as posting the winners here. If we win the grant, we will contact everyone asking who entered asking for your mailing addresses to send out your prize pack!